I’m doing an art workshop at the end of the week that’s different from most ofwhat I have been doing. This video speaks about it. Please watch the whole thing. I ask for some input toward the end and I could rally use some as well as your prayers.
A lot of what I do a far as workshops go is for non-artists. People in the church who want to find new ways to teach and preach and reach and especially to empower people who are in their churches to use their gifts to serve God. So When I was first asked to do this workshop I was really excited about it but as it got closer I got a bit apprehensive. I started to doubt my abilities. What if the people are disappointed in my art abilities. I mean I work really hard to do the best work I can do, but the work I do is usually done very quickly and its used to tell a story. I make no excuses for it. My work does what it is created to do, but what will a room full of artists think? I get self doubts sometimes, how about you?
As a I searched for the topic of this event, I decided to tell you what I tell my church folks. I gave up doing art for art sake a long time ago and we’ll get into that more when I start to tell you my story at the end of this but for now suffice it to say I found a new purpose for my art. Art is not longer the be all end all for me. It’s a means to an end, it’s a tool and I use it to tell a story. Now in my case it’s the story of God, but today we’re not going to deal with that as much right away. We’re going to talk about art that tells a story.
There are four parts to this day. This part that we’re in right now the introduction where I’m going to share a little bit more. We’re going to look at story and ways to create art that tells a story, with a little philosophy and a few examples thrown in. Then we’re going to look at your story. This is going to be a fun exercise. I’m going to let you play, give you some time to create a work that tells part of your story and I will create a piece of my own as well in that you will get the chance to share your work and its story with the group. Then Leah’s going to come up and share some music with us while I create a piece with a story and finally I’ll tell you my story. I hope you’ll stick around for the whole thing. Of course at various times I will take a few questions and hang around a little while afterward to chat.
For me the art is subservient to the story. So what is story. Donald Miller defines the story as a character who wants someting and overcomes conflict to get it.
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Matthew 27,28; Psalm 103
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